PRAYER OF CONFESSION (From Psalm 130)
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.
Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading!
If you, O LORD, if you took our faults and wrong actions into account,
Lord, who could stand before you?
But in you there is a deep well of forgiveness,
so that you may be held in holy awe.
I wait for you, O LORD, I wait with deep longing,
and in your word I stand, waiting in hope.
My deep longing for the Lord
is more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who wait for an end to the night.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON (from Psalm 130)
Our hope is in you, O LORD!
For with you there is steadfast love,
and great power to save.
It is the LORD God who will save us from all our wrongdoing.
Thanks be to God.
COMMISSIONING AND BLESSING (from Psalm 130)
Wait for the LORD,
I wait with deep longing;
and in his word I stand, waiting in hope.
Hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with the LORD is great power to save.
Go into the world with assurance, hope and promise:
the grace of the Word of life rest upon you – and even unsettle you;
the love of the Source of life, embrace you – and even confront you;
and the presence of the Breath of life encourage you – and surprise you,
this day and all your days. Amen
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Ephesians 4:25-5:2
(a) Continue the theme of the last two Sundays; have a display of various kinds of breads arranged, perhaps especially include loaves of multigrain bread. Just as the many and various grains make one loaf so we are made one as followers of Jesus. Share the displayed bread (toasted?) at morning tea after worship.
If worship today includes Holy Communion, this would be an occasion to break and share a multigrain loaf.
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
Gracious and eternal God,
in whom we find rest and shelter,
we pray for ourselves and with all the church;
we pray for those who cannot pray for themselves.
By the breath of your Holy Spirit
be present to those whom we name
on our lips and in the silence of our hearts
and those whose troubles are known only to you.
Bring healing to those bruised and broken by life experience;
comfort to those who grieve the loss
of relationship or circumstance;
assurance to those burdened by violence, hunger,
or the fear of failure…
(The Prayers of the People continue)
Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR SUNDAY 19B
|Faith will not grow from words alone
|God of freedom, God of justice
|Happy are they who walk in God’s wise ways
|I come with joy to meet my Lord
|My heart is full of Christ, and longs
|The voice of God goes out through all the world
|2 Samuel 18: 5-9, 15, 31-33
|Be still, my soul; the Lord is on your side
|Come, let us to the Lord our God
|Forgive our sins, as we forgive
|Lord, hear my praying, listen to me
|God! When human bonds are broken
|Here hangs a man discarded
|How shall I sing to God
|Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord
|Ephesians 4: 25 – 5: 2
|All creatures of our God and King
|Brother, sister, let me serve you
|Help us accept each other
|Make me a channel of your peace
|Now to him who loved us gave us
|O Holy Spirit, enter in
|O for a closer walk with God
|Peace with the Father, peace with Christ the Son
|The great love of God is revealed in the Son
|Where there is charity and love
|John 6: 35,41-51
|All go to God when they are sorely placed
|Author of life divine
|Be known to us in breaking bread
|Bread of the world in mercy broken
|Break thou the bread of life
|Father we give you thanks, who planted
|God’s Son came to bless us
|Here, Lord, we take the broken bread
|How shall I sing to God
|I, the Lord of sea and sky
|O let the Son of God enfold you
|Robe yourself, my soul, with gladness
|The king of love my shepherd is
|There’s a spirit in the air
|This is the truth we hold